Closer Than You Know – Hillsong United
I heard this song for the first time yesterday. I had been on YouTube listening to a few new songs that I like and this one popped up. Something drew me to click on it. This song has been such a blessing. It’s truly amazing that God always provides exactly what we need before we know what we need; He already has it in the works. The thought of that simply blows my mind. For me, it really brings the lyrics of this song to life and reminds me that God is here, just as real and alive as He was when He came to earth in the form of a man (John 1). I believe that sometimes we simply need to be reminded that God is closer than we know – I know this is true for myself.
Last week I watched God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (also available on Netflix). What an incredible reminder of God’s unconditional love and unending grace. This is as simple as it gets. God instructed us all throughout His Word that we are to love as He loves. Of course, I believe in sharing the gospel and being disciples of men but what better way to teach unbelievers about God than to show them His love, His kindness, His grace, His understanding, His acceptance? We were made in His image and are called to be like Christ, therefore we are to treat others as He would treat them.
Don’t follow the examples of Christians or Christianity, as both of those things have and will fail, but follow the example of Christ because He has never failed. For those of you who know Jesus, stop acting like a Christian and start acting like Christ because Christians need God and His grace just as much as anyone else. – C.G.
Don’t judge having a relationship with God on my own walk because in my humanity, I have failed representing Christ. Don’t judge walking your own walk with God because of my own imperfect walk. God is perfect, I am not. He is always faithful, always loving, always forgiving, always right there for you.
Sometimes our attitude as believers can drive souls to Hell. You can make the difference by how you treat people, especially when they make mistakes.
I have been on both sides of this spectrum. I know how awful it feels to be judged and abandoned by the church or other christian friends because of mistakes or not being a perfect christian (as seen in their eyes). I have also been the judgy one. When I came to the realization that I was thinking the same thing that others had spoken to me, I had to start reminding myself that we all have moments (sometimes long seasons) in which we aren’t the kindest of people; in which we do not resemble Christ at all. #1, it’s not my place to judge you and honestly, I don’t want that responsibility (if you haven’t seen The Shack, I highly recommend it! It also incorporates a great scene on being the judge). #2, to make a difference in a positive way is to show God’s love and His kindness as often as you can. I’m not the best example all the time, but if I can stop and remind myself of the simple fact that even when that person yells at me over the phone out of frustration, doesn’t make them an awful person, because if I’m being honest here, I end up yelling at our internet provider 9 out of 10 times. It’s quite humbling when one comes to the realization that we’re really not any better than another. We all have our moments, whether it be good or bad, we shouldn’t judge one another from a single moment.
“God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” – John 3:17. As we begin a new year, let us remember to be more than just mere Christians; let us be more Christ like toward one another. Remembering to show His love, grace, and acceptance of one another’s differences. Remember that we’re all in different seasons of life: You have no idea what people are dealing with in their personal lives so just be nice, it’s that simple. Be the positive impact that brings Christ’s character back to earth allowing us to remember the simple fact that God is with us; He is closer than we know. I want to be a person who can impact someone’s life not because of something that I’ve done but because of something that God has done through me. Sharing His love with others and allowing us all the opportunity to know that His love will never let us go; that He is always with us.
With love in Christ,